I am curious about that too. Cascades are only x1 per day, California Services are halved I believe as wellAny word on corridor services that had their frequencies reduced? Example: The Wolverine getting slashed from 3x to 1x per day is pretty inconvenient. The Hiawatha’s are also operating on a severely reduced schedule. I’m not aware of anything in the COVID bill that addressed corridor service frequency.
The States that fund the corridors decided to reduce service, and it's in their hands to restore it. Look at the train tracker map on any given day during daytime and California nearly looks like the Northeast Corridor. Conversely, there's been no Vermont service (Vermonter or Ethan Allen) and no New York service north of Albany (Adirondack), so the Midwest cuts are somewhere inbetween.Any word on corridor services that had their frequencies reduced? Example: The Wolverine getting slashed from 3x to 1x per day is pretty inconvenient. The Hiawatha’s are also operating on a severely reduced schedule. I’m not aware of anything in the COVID bill that addressed corridor service frequency.
How so? I am truly hopeful that is the case as I just booked my mid-October trip on the Builder last night and there is nothing on the Flex menu my son will eat. I know they were targeting the end of May for flex dining on the Western LD routes, but I would welcome language that doesn't let them wiggle out of that date. I assume that most of the losses they were trying to prevent during the reduced schedule was salary not actual cost of food and beverage, so I would be delighted to know that there were some teeth to getting the full menu back AND that I wasn't just being overly logical in my assessment.Seems like this may end flexible dining as well.
(c) Long-Distance Service Restoration And Employee Recalls.—Not less than $165,926,000 of the aggregate amounts made available under subsections (a) and (b) shall be for use by the National Railroad Passenger Corporation to—
(1) restore, not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the frequency of rail service on long-distance routes (as defined in section 24102 of title 49, United States Code) that the National Railroad Passenger Corporation reduced the frequency of on or after July 1, 2020, and continue to operate such service at such frequency; and
(2) recall and manage employees furloughed on or after October 1, 2020, as a result of efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.
True, but at some times of day when there are few Amtrak trains moving in the Midwest, all those California blips moving around the tracker map look like a hive of activity by comparison.Nearly? I usually see double the amount of trains on the NEC than all Amtrk trains in California combined.
True. Although only have 6 surfliners in each direction during these times is sad to seeTrue, but at some times of day when there are few Amtrak trains moving in the Midwest, all those California blips moving around the tracker map look like a hive of activity by comparison.
As with anything in a narrowly divided Congress, the devil is in the details in how to pay for it....It is to Amtrak's benefit as well as other mass transit systems that there is money in this Bill for them and not have to wait for, if, a bill dedicated for infrastructure is passed. Two moderate Democrat Senators, King and Testor, have said today that the time has come to begin to consider how what Congress is enacting will be funded. Add those two to Senator Manchin and Senator Sinema who seem to be the most conservative of the Democrat caucus and would likely support the other Senators' thoughts, the President and the Senate Majority Leader have a "problem" in getting additional big ticket legislation enacted. It's been reported that there are some House members in the Democrat caucus who are also expressing some concerns as well.
Aha, and the infrastructure bill will not just be pure deficit spending, they'll have proposed ways to pay for it. This should provide cover for the Democratic "moderates."As with anything in a narrowly divided Congress, the devil is in the details in how to pay for it....
Biden wants bipartisan support for infrastructure, but GOP and Dems are already drawing battle linesDemocratic proposals to cover costs – including raising taxes on gas, corporations and electric vehicles – would likely only pass along party lines.www.cnbc.com